Renowned hypnotist, performer, and National FFA Convention entertainer Jim Wand died Aug. 8 after a brief illness. According to his Facebook page, Wand’s legacy will continue on through his hand-picked performers under the management of his wife, Kendra Wand.
As a former FFA member and a lifetime FFA Alumnus, Wand was a well-known constant in the FFA world. He served as a keynote speaker at over 25 FFA state conventions and 20 national conventions. Throughout his career, he also performed at thousands of FFA chapters across the country.
According to the National FFA Convention, Wand also performed at assemblies for National FFA Week and other special occasions, helping to raise money for end-of-year banquets.
Wand held a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Psychology. He worked as a hypnotist for over 30 years, performing across the United States and in 10 foreign countries over the course of his career. In total, he had over 12,000 professional appearances. Wand also appeared on TV networks such as Comedy Central and Fox, though he was best known for his local performances at schools.
Wand was a native of Elizabeth, Illinois. A full obituary on the beloved entertainer, nor a specific cause of death, have been made public yet.